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My Favorite Things

The following is an encore column from September 2011.

It’s September and that means it’s time for the annual tallying of your votes for the Family Favorites winners. I have to tell you that although counting the votes is a bit of a chore, it is so much fun to see the final results.

Speaking of favorites, don’t you think it’s a whole lot more fun to list your favorite things than to dwell on the things you don’t like? While tallying the Family Favorite votes I pondered the benefits of compiling a list of my favorite things, which in Oprah speak would be the equivalent of a gratitude journal, right?

So, in honor of our big list of your local favorites, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things. Start thinking about your favorite things and I guarantee that your day will get a whole lot brighter.

Favorite Place To Be: At home, in the kitchen with the Hubs cooking up something delicious.

Favorite Thing To Do: Go to New York City and see as many Broadway shows as 1) I can fit into the amount of time we’re visiting and 2) the amount of money Hubs says I can spend on Broadway shows.

Favorite Family Vacation Destination: New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (It’s where I grew up vacationing and when my children were little it became our family tradition, too.)

Favorite Cuisine: Italian.

Favorite Meal Ever: This one is hard! There have been many wonderful meals, as Hubs and I center our travel plans around where we want to dine, but I think the best of all time may have been the duck risotto I enjoyed at Picholine in the Big Apple. Oh, wait, on the other hand it could have been the spicy Hunan eggplant with minced pork Hubs and I shared at Hunan Home’s in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Favorite Day Dream: Thinking about how to make both of the above-mentioned dishes in my home kitchen.

In looking over my list I’ve surmised that it’s time with family (vacations, dining, seeing Broadway shows, etc.) that are my very favorite things. What are yours?

Until October,

Karin Calloway


KARIN CALLOWAY is a wife and mother of two teenagers. She’s also a journalist and recipe developer who writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle (augustachronicle.com/karin). You can follow Karin at twitter.com/KarinCalloway. Check out Karin’s cooking blog at www.karinsvikingkitchen.com.

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